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January 30, 2015 / 10 Shevat, 5775
 
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The Peace Process Declassified: Arab Intransigence From the Beginning

Motta Gur overlooks the Old City with his troops during the Six Day War

Motta Gur overlooks the Old City with his troops during the Six Day War
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As a result of Khartoum, Prime Minister Eshkol wrote a month later, “I doubt whether the government would approve the decision of June 19 exactly as it stands.” In view of the continuing Arab leaders’ refusal to negotiate, the decision did indeed become invalid.

What these newly released Israeli documents show in dramatic fashion is the eagerness of all the Israeli leaders, no matter how they differed on specific issues, to reach peace agreements with their Arab neighbors. If there is any hope for peace at this time among the Palestinians, they might wish to reconsider.

Originally published by Gatestone Institute http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org

About the Author: Michael Curtis is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Rutgers University, and author of the forthcoming book, Should Israel Exist? A sovereign nation under assault by the international community.


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